Explore and Discover

Cookbook recommendations for amazing casseroles and one-pan meals

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_OnePotMeals By Kelsey Hudson For some reason, the end of August always feels rushed, frantic, and pretty stressful for me. I have a lot of catching up to do after three months of action-packed summer programs at the library, not to mention a fair bit of planning for this coming fall. In fact, I even have the pretty lofty goal […]

Tags: , , ,

Where to find free science fiction & fantasy short stories online

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SciFiandFantasy_ShortStories By Brian Vander Veen I rarely had the attention span as a teen to tackle full-length novels. I read quite a few role-playing game manuals, comics, and various permutations of Choose Your Own Adventure books, but not a lot of actual novels. The Hobbit, Neuromancer, and several books from the Dragonlance franchise were among the few […]

Tags: , ,

7 Most anticipated YA books to read this fall

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

feature_7YAReadsforFall By Sheri Boggs As the days get slightly shorter and store shelves quiver under the weight of notebook paper and backpacks, I’m comforted that if summer has to go, the reward is a bounty of fall teen fiction. From series sequels to favorite authors and stand-alone novels, there’s a story for everyone. Everything here will be published […]

Tags: , , ,

6 Twitter accounts book lovers should follow

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_TwitterAccounts By Clarissa Fidler The Twitter-verse is vast and teeming with endless information, including all the latest book news and information. If you’re a book lover who tweets on the regular, you’re probably already following staples like @BuzzFeedBooks and @HuffPostBooks, who both share book reviews, articles, and news at a rapid pace. Howeve […]

Tags: , , ,

Summer beverages: your library on the rocks

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SummerBeverages By Gwendolyn Haley The 641s is one of my favorite sections of the library to browse. For those of you not quite as familiar with the Dewey Decimal System, that’s also known as the cookbook section. There is always something new and delicious to check out, especially during this time of year when the grilling […]

Tags: , , ,

5 YA books recommended by teens

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_TeenRecs By Kelsey Hudson It’s pretty common for librarians to be asked for reading recommendations. Members come in looking for their next read, families want to know what’s new, and we visit lots of schools to share the news about the best new reads. With all of that though, what I really enjoy is when someone […]

Tags: , , ,

Easy small-batch homebrewing: Part 2 – basic ingredients and a recipe

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HomebrewPart2 By Brian Vander Veen Last week, I talked about the basic equipment one needs to start brewing small-scale, one-gallon batches at home, but obviously, you need more than just equipment—you need ingredients. Beer, at its most basic, comprises only three ingredients: malted grain, hops, and yeast. However, over the millennia since beer was first b […]

Tags: , , ,

Exploring the lives of imaginary friends: 5 books for kids & grown-ups

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ImaginaryFriends2 By Clarissa Fidler Bing Bong, Jacques Papier, Beekle, and Sean Murphy—what could those names possibly have in common? Are they even real? Well, believe it or not, the aforementioned names all belong to imaginary friends you’ll find in current books, TV shows, and movies. Studies report that over a third (37%) of children create an […]

Tags: , , ,

Easy small-batch homebrewing: Part 1 – basic equipment

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HomebrewPart1 By Brian Vander Veen I studied just enough chemistry as an undergraduate to earn a minor in the subject, at least before I made the eleventh-hour change to major in English and thus embarked on the long, circuitous route toward librarianship. But I’ve always loved chemistry—still do. And I certainly appreciate a well-crafted beer. So […]

Tags: , , , ,

Talking to myself: an alternative writing method

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_TalkingToMyself By Kevin J. Anderson Guest Writer If you see a person walking along engaged in a vigorous conversation with no one else around them, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s escaped from the nearest asylum. It could be me talking to myself. But don’t be concerned, don’t interrupt me, don’t bother me at all—I’m writing. It’s been […]

Tags: , ,